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DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND, THIS FEATURE WAS RELEASED EARLIER THAN ITS SCHEDULED DATE IN 2012.   Please note the documentation is subject to change at anytime as we obtain more customer feedback.  We believe we are covering as much as you will need to fully use the features.

Expanding your network consists of two steps.  The first step is adding a contractor to your internal list, and then you can invite the contractor to connect to you for lead sharing. 

Expanding your network consists of two steps.  The first step is adding a contractor to your internal list, and then you can invite the contractor to connect to you for lead sharing. 

The reason this is a two step process is that MyOnlineToolbox allows you to first list a contractor as someone you do business with, whether or not they are a member, and whether or not they have confirmed to be connected to you for lead sharing opportunities.  The second step is a commitment between two companies to be part of lead sharing co-marketing.

Another easier way to summarize this is:

  • A contractor you work with, are they a member?  
  • A contractor who is a member, have the agreed to customer co-marketing with you?

When the answers are Yes to both of the above, then you will see        in the contractor listing.  But remember, you can still do business with the company without them being a member, and without them being a co-marketing partner of yours.  So here is how to get to the optimum marketing position. 

Step by Step

  1. First see if the contractor is part of your internal contractor list by selecting the menu option .   
  2. If the contractor is not listed, before manually adding the new contractor, we suggest checking to see if they are already part of the community directory by selecting the option just to the right of New Contractor as shown here .  We make this suggestion since so many contractors use various emails when bringing their business online.  There are a couple of ways you can go about adding a new member to the MyOnlineToolbox community.  The most efficient method is Refer A Friend since it forces you to obtain the email that the contractor wants to use, allows him to join by filling in the exact information he wishes for the community to see, and then you can import all the data.  But you can also create a New Contractor and then invite them to join after you set up the data.  But still be careful with the email address just to keep things as easy as possible for new contractor.  We realize many are learning.
  3. Once in the contractor listing, you are eventually looking to have a connected member which will look like .   But before you can get connected, they first have to become a member.  The way you will know they are a member but you are not connected for lead sharing is by seeing the following  .   And the area that matters most is the contractor is not a member in the first place and that looks like .       An envelope in the Member section means they are not a member and have not been invited.   

NOTE: You can send multiple Connect requests to the same contractor.  All that will happen is that the contractor will get multiple alerts from you that you are looking to connect with him.  For now we do not provide any special tracking on connection requests that have been sent.  This may be added at a later time.